A Gondola Romantica cruise for two on the St. Croix
A Cruise for Two
If gondoliering enthusiast John Kerschbaum’s authentic Italian gondola doesn’t cement Stillwater’s reputation as the Venice of the eastern metro, we don’t know what will. A 45-minute Gondola Romantica cruise for two on the St. Croix starts at $99.
Ever find yourself out for an earnest paddle on a city lake only to wish you had something good to read? If you’re on St. Paul’s Lake Phalen, you can literally check out books from The Floating Library. The interactive art project/library raft from artist Sarah Peters features a rotating stock of books and printed materials from local artists and writers.
Some enterprising brewpreneurs decided to apply the same principles (drinking suds with buds whilst propelling yourself around on a pedal-powered beer bar) that made pedal pubs a polarizing success to boats, and voila! PaddleTap was born. Private group cruises on Lake Minnetonka or White Bear Lake start at about $30 per paddle pedaler plus the cost of beer.
Borrow a Boat
Upkeep, winterization/ winter storage fees, and slip rental combine to make boating pretty pricey. And that’s beyond the initial cost of, you know, buying the boat. Which is why people have been more inclined to join boat clubs or rent boats from marinas, but even then, you’re limited to the lake that offers boat rentals. Enter Your Boat Club, the Minneapolis-based, members-only boat rental service that allows members to use rigs ranging from pontoons to fishing boats to runabouts of varying sizes on any of its nine (Cross Lake, Forest Lake, Gull Lake, Lake Minnetonka, Prior Lake, St. Croix River, Lake Pepin, Waconia, and White Bear Lake) homebase waterways. Memberships are unlimited use and range from $1,495–$6,395 per season depending on variables such as which primary lake you choose and if you want access every day or limited to only weekdays or parts of weekdays.